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UPA has turned governance into a daily act of betrayal

By Gautam Mukherjee on June 24, 2013



UPA has turned governance into a daily act of betrayal

The perfect crime said Nicolo Machiavelli, the renaissance political theorist, is one without a suspect. In the Indian context, this perfect crime masquerades as governance, or its travesty, depending on one’s bias, perception, comprehension and position.

The economic scenario is such that no one believes India anymore. There are no silver linings. We who live here are in despair, forever waiting for Godot. There is little or no international confidence in our Government’s pronouncements too.

Potential FDI and FII are openly laughing at us, most recently at the Finance Minister’s tired assurances, for talking much and implementing next to nothing. Global rating agencies are moving relentlessly towards downgrading our sovereign credit rating to junk status, convinced our deficits will balloon out of control now.

Despite talk of reform, India’s economy remains under stress

There are no takers for India’s Government bonds despite easing of norms for foreign investors. This is our Government’s borrowing programme, without which it cannot function, and it is in trouble. Even the collection of income tax arrears which run into tens of thousands of crores is reported to be dismal, a mere 2 or 3 per cent of the outstanding! NPA’s (non-performing assets) in banks are at an all-time high.

The sharp fuel price rises, particularly of the widely used diesel for transportation and agriculture/ back-up power generation, coming up very soon, due to a currency becoming more worthless every day, will spiral our deficits and inflation out of control.

Damage done by UPA needs urgent repair

The cost of our electricity will go up as we have begun to import coal with our weak and weaker currency to run our power stations. The Indian coal is inadequate and of low quality. At the retail level, we will not only suffer even greater shortfalls of electricity as demand relentlessly outstrips supply, but have to generate our own with very expensive diesel.

There is no remedy to this crisis on every front because there is no will to rectify matters. There is no one effective on the command deck. This ship is in denial of reality and drifting on its own.

UPA’s self-serving welfarism is wrecking economy

The perpetrators of the plight India finds itself in has no claimants, and certainly no one from the topmost echelons of Government to the dregs, is owning any responsibility. It is an act of daily betrayal without a signature. It is a collective shirking of responsibility almost anonymous in its manifestation. The cumulative burden of which negligence and its consequences is the lot of the Indian people and the foreigners who live amongst us. Robert Vadra was more prophetic than he knew when he called the land ruled by his mother-in-law one of “mango people in a banana republic.”

It is we, the people, who must suffer the effects of our savings being eaten away by inflation and our incomes becoming more inadequate by the day. We, the people, have no power to extract tribute like our masters, full of themselves and their immunity from any accountability in real terms, not behaving at all as elected representatives are meant to.

Government helpless as Rupee plummets

We are helpless, always at position after the fact, at the receiving end, and will always necessarily be in this state of victimhood in a system meant to be representative democracy. But yes, the one net advantage available to us is our functioning democracy, our quite admirable election commission and process. With its universal franchise, and through this one right, we can change the water in our quest to restore the balance if we choose to do so.

But if even now we are cynical, and believe we are doomed no matter who rules us, we are indeed doomed, caught fast by our own self-fulfilling prophecy.

UPA’s ‘success’ is just smoke and mirrors

This kind of defeatist thinking subverts the very roots of democracy and undermines its foundations. We can make a change with our votes, and must do so with the intent of bettering our circumstances. We must believe there are politicians who can address our aspirations, and we must not cling to the crumbling status quo falling into the illusion of safety that has been betrayed times without number. There is no status quo. We are under threat of destruction and dissolution.

And the more fractious we turn our democratic verdict, splitting our vote like a shattered mirror, that is just how we will reap the whirlwind. A Government that is a bazaar of competing interests cannot govern. We have been through the experiment before with sad and unstable results in minority and Janata Dal Governments. We will not be able to address our economic ills if we elect another one like the old ones that failed. Politics will dominate all else. There will be total gridlock.

But the Indian electorate has sometimes been wiser than anyone expected. This is another time when it needs to come to the rescue and restore the promise of the India story.

NSSO shocker: Sonianomics continues to damage jobs

by Jun 21, 2013

It is too early to say whether the UPA government’s flagship employment guarantee scheme (MNREGA) should be renamed the Sonia Gandhi Guaranteed Job Deceleration Act, but the latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) data clearly shows that jobs in the economy are disappearing fast.

While the big number is the 10.2 percent increase in the unemployment rate between January 2010 and 2012, which shows that formal unemployment has risen from 9.8 million to 10.8 million in two years, the worry is that it could have gotten worse since then, since India’s GDP growth rate has since crashed further.

Even more significantly, the biggest decline in the working population is among rural women, whose working population fell from 26.1 percent to 24.8 percent, which means working women have fallen from 106 million to 103 million in rural areas over just two years, reports The Economic Times.

The rural emphasis is important because MNREGA is a rural employment guarantee programme, and it is precisely in rural areas that women are dropping out of the workforce in such large numbers.

There could be two reasons for this: one is that the ratchet effect of MNREGA on rural wages may be forcing farmers to use less labour and more mechanisation — and the job loss is impacting women more than men. If farmers had to pay higher wages, they would pay the men more and send the women home.

The other probability is that more women are taking up MNREGA’s make-believe work for 100 days and using the other nine months to be self-employed. There is some evidence of both, and the percentage of self-employed rural women is up from 56 percent to 59 percent.


Representational Image. Reuters

The only ray of hope lies in one number: in the last two years (ended January 2012), despite slowing growth, the UPA did manage to push up employment by 13.9 million, as against the increase of just around 2.7 million during UPA-1 (2004-09). During the NDA period, over 60 million jobs were created despite slower growth.

On the bright side, the mere fact that more jobs were created over the last two years compared to the previous five is a positive, indicating a turnaround. But remember, these two years were also the years of expanded fiscal stimulus. Now it’s gone. And even this silver lining is overshadowed by a large cloud: almost all the jobs created were of low quality, mostly as casual labour, as Mint points out. During the NDA period, casual jobs fell marginally; during the last two years covered by the latest NSSO survey, 9.4 million of the new jobs created were of a casual nature.

Worse, the women’s work participation rate has been steadily falling all through the UPA regime. Says Mint: “The women’s labour force participation rate (LFPR or the proportion of labour force to total population) fell from 29.4 percent in 2004-05 to 23.3 percent in 2009-10 and then even lower to 22.5 percent in 2011-12. If fewer women are joining the labour force, even fewer are being employed. The worker participation rate (WPR, or workforce to population) fell from 28.7 percent in 2004-05 to 22.8 percent in 2009-10 and then even lower to 21.9 percent in 2011-12.”

It is tough to avoid the conclusion that despite seven years of fast growth (2003-2011, excluding 2008-09), the economy has seen more or less jobless growth. What growth there was in jobs came in the form of low-quality jobs, while manufacturing jobs started disappearing.

Why did this happen?

First, the hallmark of the UPA has been social spending, not reforms of any kind. This not only ruined the fiscal balance, but also created new disincentives to work, even while pushing up wage-inflation and farm mechanisation.

Second, the 1991 reforms were focused on liberalising the capital markets and reducing the rigours of licensing, but failed to reform the other factor markets – land and labour. Business benefited partially, but is now employing less labour. Hence jobless growth.

This is directly linked to the UPA’s tendency to pamper the farm/rural vote. It has interfered with the labour market with MNREGA, which should ideally have been a scheme for use is chronic unemployment areas and during times of distress (drought, off-season support, etc). Instead it has probably forced women out of the labour market by making them expensive. Worse, by focusing on cheap food and higher prices for land (which is what the Food Security Bill and the Land Bill will ensure), the UPA is planning to compound the malaise. These will create even more workforce abstentions. Ask yourself, if you get easy work (MNREGA) and cheaper grain, will you work more or less? Will the rural worker prefer work or leisure?

Third, MNREGA and high food support prices (combined with high growth in 2003-11) have pushed up inflation and slowed down growth. This has generated a vicious cycle of slow growth, corporate caution, and low investment – which will make jobless growth worsen if the UPA persists with its mindless interventions in half-functioning markets (land, labour, agriculture).

Despite the small spike in job creation over 2010-12, the prognosis is bleak: we should expect jobless growth to worsen over the next two years.

Maybe, it is not such a bad idea to brand the UPA’s MNREGA, coupled with other social spending schemes, as a growth and job destruction programme.

UPA is preparing India to become a basket case.


After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosis

By Ankit Grover on June 19, 2013

After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosisWhat does it take to prove the ‘secular credentials’ of a certain individual. Is secularism an absolute or a relative term? Is secularism decided by thoughts and actions, or is it certified by an overarching authority?

In the Indian political context at least, in both cases, the latter appears to be the case.

Most recently, the definition of secularism — subject to much revision — is defined by one man: Narendra Modi. Already, having identified him as the greatest threat to their fortress, the UPA has been doing all it can to supress the tidal wave of Modi coming at them, albeit with little success. BJP leaders have aptly termed this fear as ‘Modiphobia’.

The ruling party, devoid of any secular credentials itself, has been gleefully handing out certificates of secularism to those it deems fit. Especially to those who try and step up to Modi.

No sooner did Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announce his party’s breakaway from the NDA, a certificate was hastily prepared by the PMO for the country’s newest secular leader. Instant headlines were made, and talks of a prospective partnership between ‘like-minded secular parties’ were aplenty. Once branded secular by the Congress, one is absolved of all his sins, and more importantly, is free to do business with the UPA.

But really — what gives the Congress any credibility to decide whether a leader/party is secular or communal? This question remains, pitifully, unanswered. Plainly and simply, the Congress sees itself as the self-proclaimed voice of secularism and has tried to posit itself as the ultimate authority. Its ‘impeccable’ reputation cannot possibly be tarnished, even after having overseen most of the the country’s deadliest riots since independence.

Secularism was one of the founding principles of the Indian state, but it has been shamefully and annoyingly exploited, politicised and misconstrued by the Congress; so much so that it has become a disease — secularosis.